But Trump has repeatedly overstated the effect of his decision, and the supposed opposition to it, even as he has misrepresented federal efforts to develop a vaccine and supply protective masks, ventilators and other critically needed gear. "Everybody thought it was just unnecessary to do it".
Trump, pushing to reopen the country by the Christian holiday, on April 12, outlined the plan in a letter to governors after reporting that a record 3.28 million people - 2 percent of the USA workforce - applied for unemployment benefits last week.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
"Every day that we stay out it gets harder to bring it back very quickly", Trump said during a Thursday press conference.
"Part of this will be the need to have highly responsible behaviour between counties", she said, providing no additional details.
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In the United States, more than 82,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December in the metropolis of Wuhan.
"We squandered weeks", Jha said Thursday.
"The testing is going very, very well", President Trump said.
Trump pointed back the reports China has blamed us soldiers for bringing the coronavirus to China as the reason he started calling it the "Chinese virus".
China, he added, will continue to firmly support Ghebreyesus and the World Health Organization in playing an active and leading role in the global fight against the pandemic. Beijing announced that it would temporarily block foreign nationals with valid visas and residence permits from entering the country.
Trump said the new plans would be drawn up "in close coordination" with health experts. He revived the term Thursday, however.
I talk about the Chinese virus. Trump said in a subsequent interview. "WHO has sided with China Communist Party against the world in this pandemic", he said in another tweet.
Under Ghebreyesus' leadership, the World Health Organization has been actively advancing global cooperation against the contagious illness and gained wide recognition from the worldwide community, Xi said.
Tim O'Brien, a Trump biographer, said the president is "trying to self-preserve by shifting blame for the problem to China and he's trying to portray himself as a man of action by focusing on this one thing he did", referring to the travel ban.
But he warned that testing was still ramping up.